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Idaho State University

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country

Application and acceptance by ISU Graduate School

  • Cumulative GPA (minimum of 3.0 for final 60 credits)
  • GRE/MAT score based on acceptance requirements of the ISU Graduate School

Application through

Successful completion of the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology (1 year equivalent with lab component)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics (preferred)
  • General Nutrition or Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport Psychology (or other upper division Psychology course)

Personal Statement

  • Describe your professional goals
  • What helped you decide on Athletic Training as a profession

Two Evaluations (References)

Evidence of current CPR/AED for Health Care Provider certification

Documentation of observation hours (minimum of 50) with an Athletic Trainer

Applications received after the deadline (January 15) will be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots exist.


Students must have the following on file with the MSAT Program Director prior to starting clinical site assignment in August:

  • Proof of immunizations
  • Proof of Tuberculin PPD test (within 1 year)
  • Bloodborne Pathogen training
  • Background check
  • Technical Standards


Idaho State University’s MSAT program and CAATE requires all students enrolled in the MSAT program to provide proof of immunizations. Students who do not have these on file will not be allowed to begin clinical experience in the summer semester. The cost of vaccinations is the student’s responsibility. Students are required to have the TB test performed on an annual basis. 

The immunization records must be submitted to the Program Director. The Athletic Training Student will not be allowed to begin clinical experiences until all required immunizations are on file. The Technical Standards form containing the signature of the Athletic Training Student documenting acknowledgment of this requirement is maintained by the Program Director of the MSAT program. All records are kept confidential and will not be released without the student’s permission or court order.

Degree-seeking students must meet the following requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.

The minimum Master's level standards are:

GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 3.5 to 4.000 No standardized test (GRE/MAT) required

GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 3.0 to 3.499 40th Percentile on at least one area of the GRE or 40th Percent tile on the MAT

GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) 2.5 to 2.999 Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) score of 1000 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT

GPA Standardized Test (last 60 credits) Below 2.499 No admission

The method of calculating an Admission GPA is based on the last 60+/- semester undergraduate credits (90+/- quarter credits), using complete semesters (quarters). In the case of those students who have not completed the baccalaureate degree, the grade point average will be calculated on the last 60 credits at the time of application.

In instances where a standardized test is required, to register for the GRE, contact either the GRE-ETS, Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6000, or the ISU Counseling and Testing Center (208)282-2130. To register for the GMAT/MAT, contact the Idaho State University Counseling and Testing Center. GRE/GMAT/MAT scores are used for other purposes in addition to admission. Most departments/colleges also use these scores as part of the criteria for awarding graduate assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships. Other parts of the campus may also use these scores in the process of awarding scholarships. Students at Idaho State University may take these tests at the Counseling and Testing Center. Special study sessions are available at the University in the Center for Teaching and Learning (208) 282-3662 to aid the student in preparing for the GRE/GMAT.

Recommendation for admission by the department or college offering the desired degree program. Please see individual department sections of this catalog for additional requirements.

Approval for admission by the Dean of the Graduate School.